Apparently I am full of conceit.
A friend asked my fiancee and I to spend four days helping with the on-site organization and catering of their wedding.
They didn’t want a gift, just some time and help.
We were happy to oblige, though I could only dedicate two days to the endeavour due to work committments.
After about $500 of expense (travel, pet sitter for cats, kennel for dog) I dutifully showed up the day beforehand.
On the day of the wedding I was approached and asked “Did I bring a gift?”
“I did not.” I responded.
“It’s a bit much to show up to a wedding without a gift.” I was chastised.
“I paid my own way here, from another state, my wife has dedicated several days to on-site organizing, I will be performing many menial chores and some of the post-wedding cooking. I think that is gift enough.” I explained.
“You should bring a real gift next time.”
“I am the gift.” I responded.
“You’re so conceited.” was declared with much derision.